Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy

Partnerships & Links

Bishop Rawstorne has formed good working relationships with many companies and organisations, whether it be through sponsorship of our various team sports strips, or close partnerships helping us stay ahead of the curve with our IT Infrastructure, or delivering Initial Teacher Training. We're proud to list these companies here, with a brief note about our partnerships with them.

Virtue Technologies

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www.virtuetechnologies.co.uk

 Virtue Technologies has been a strategic partner of Bishop Rawstorne for over 6 years. 7 years ago our ICT software and equipment was not fit for purpose. We had major gaps in our infrastructure and our ICT provision was woefully inadequate. Virtue Technologies led us through what was needed step by step but at the same time understood the restrictions we had in terms of financing and timing. They gave us options and the choices, whilst at the same time guided us in the order of our plans. Four years later our systems, software, Internet provision and infrastructure are first class. Our staff has the confidence to know our ICT works 100% efficiently 100% of the time.

None of this would have been possible without the dedication and professionalism of Virtue Technologies. As a National Teaching School, a National Support School and a major employer of School Direct it is imperative that our ICT is fit for purpose, that is why we work with Virtue Technologies.

I would recommend them unreservedly to any school / academy or educational establishment who requires an efficient, cost effective, well-run company to deliver their ICT needs.

 

University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria have a longstanding history for delivering teacher training, having started teaching PGCE students as far back as 1966. They soon became the largest provider of initial teacher training in England and have enjoyed an excellent reputation in the education sector for some time now.

For many years, Bishop Rawstorne has worked closely with the university in delivering teacher training in a majority of subjects. Naturally, the school values the strong relationship that unites both institutions and enjoys the shared vision that ensures we continue to  provide ideal opportunities to train and develop first class teachers.

 

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www.cumbria.ac.uk

 

Edge Hill University

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www.edgehill.ac.uk

Edge Hill University, named ‘University of the Year’ in the 10th annual Times Higher Education Awards 2014, have an outstanding and longstanding reputation of providing high quality teacher training.

Bishop Rawstorne have established a unique working relationship with the university which has allows us to offer an excellent initial teacher training programme for all aspiring teachers. Such a close partnership, together with a shared vision to produce ‘tomorrow’s teachers’, promises initial teacher training that yields the very best teachers.

More recently, with ongoing changes to the delivery of initial teacher training and the allocation of trainee teachers, the partnership has continued to collaborate, working closely to ensure that our ‘Bishop Rawstorne School Direct Alliance’ programme offers teacher training that not only responds to those developments but remains cutting edge

 

Favourites of Croston Ltd

Bishop Rawstorne is very proud of the smart appearance of our students. Our school uniform is sold by Favourites of Croston, which provides a personal and helpful service. Quality fabrics are used, which are made to last, ensuring comfort and value for money.

Favourites of Croston is a small, friendly, well-established school uniform shop based in Croston on Town Road. We are a member of the Schoolwear Association, working in partnership with all the main schoolwear suppliers for many schools in the locality.  We take great pride in offering quality garments at realistic prices with high standards of customer service.

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www.favouritesofcroston.co.uk

Mellors

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www.mellorscatering.co.uk

The Academy is very pleased to work closely with Mellors Catering Services Ltd which has provided catering services to the Academy since 2009.

Mellors is a local, family owned contract caterer committed to providing fresh food from local suppliers. This partnership has enabled us to continually improve and develop our catering operation, providing all our students and staff with a quality, value for money catering service.